The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

May 1, 2014

Sooner men are No. 2 overall seed for NCAA tennis tourney

NORMAN — As it turns out, losing the Big 12 tennis championship in a final-match 4-3 decision to the nation’s sixth-ranked team isn’t such a bad thing, at least not for the Oklahoma men.

For the Sooner men, it merely turned out to be a prelude to the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tennis championship.

Not so dissimilar to March Madness, or the NCAA softball draw, the tennis’ national champion will also come out of a 64-team field that begins with 16 regionals, one of them at the Headington Family Tennis Center, where OU will begin on its home courts 2 p.m. May 10 against Montana.

The winner of that dual will meet the winner of Harvard and Auburn, which meet at 11 a.m., the same day, also on OU’s courts.

The winners of the two duals meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, and the winner of that match reaches the round of 16, which moves to Athens, Ga., where a national champion will eventually be determined.

Southern Cal has the overall No. 1 seed. Though ranked a spot behind No. 2 Ohio State, the Sooners may have earned the higher seed as a result of beating Ohio State earlier in the season.

Upon hearing of the appointment, OU coach John Roddick sounded the same positive tone he sounded after the Sooners lost to No. 6 Baylor in the Big 12 tourney final Sunday in Fort Worth.

“We did a lot of things we needed to do and proved a lot of things to ourselves,” he said. “We proved that we’re playing better in every spot.”

Roddick added there have been times this season his team has gotten away with playing poorly, only to win. And, at Fort Worth, the opposite was the case. Now, the Sooners must play well and win.

“A team that wins isn’t going to be the one that didn’t play well,” he said. “The Big 12 tournament just proved to us that we can play with anyone, one through six.” 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • OSSAA releases enrollment figures

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary 2014-15 ADM for classification purposes Friday and not much has changed for many of the area schools. Moore (2,265), Norman North (2,180), Westmoore (2,090), ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Swim regionals 1 Norman North’s Justin Wu qualifies for U.S. national

    Justin Wu made history last week when he qualified for the U.S. national swim meet. A senior at Norman North, Wu already owned several state records when he outpaced a field of college swimmers in the event....

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodard joins successful soccer team in Stillwater

    Haley Woodard has been one of the preeminent multi-sport stars in the state for several years. The Norman North senior is a state champion in track and soccer and has been an integral part of a basketball team that’s been to back-to-back ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Posturing, predictions fly as conference plans for new season

    There’s plenty to enjoy about the Southeastern Conference’s annual cattle call in Hoover, Ala., where media of every description join players and coaches from each of the league’s 14 football teams to discuss the coming season. The best ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Roberson2 66ers heading south

    The last five years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have had an unsung hero in their rise to the top of the NBA. Along with the talents of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the franchise has had the services of one of the best developmental ...

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • NHS at Midwest City 6 Point guard taking on a new role in Tigers’ summer basketball league

    It’s a summer of change for Norman High basketball....

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU dominates in preseason, receiving 47 of 56 first-place votes in early poll

    Oklahoma will start the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 Conference....

    July 18, 2014

  • Thunder V Denver Thunder add guard Morrow in deliberate, selective free agency

    Oklahoma City hasn’t been the busiest place during the NBA free agency period. However, it may have been among the pickiest. The Thunder officially signed free agent guard Anthony Morrow to a contract Wednesday. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound ...

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • OGA at Trails 8 No rest for Reid during another championship

    James Reid says he plays better when he’s played a lot of golf in a short time. After a four-day trip to Ireland last week in which he played eight rounds of golf, he arrived back in Oklahoma City at midnight on Sunday. Nine hours later, ...

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo